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Canadian Pharmacists Association
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Minor Ailments CPD

Assessing and Prescribing for Minor Ailments
(35.25 CEUs)


Pharmacists can now prescribe for certain minor ailments in most provinces. Be prepared — learn how to assess and prescribe for 32 conditions, covering the full range of minor ailments for which authority has been extended. This new series of 28 educational modules is a self-directed online program that uses patient cases to help translate theory into practice. This CE program covers dermatological, gastrointestinal, respiratory, musculoskeletal and ocular conditions, and more.

Each module covers:

  • Patient assessment
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Red flags for referral
  • Treatment alternatives (including prescription drugs)
  • Treatment algorithms
  • Patient counselling, monitoring, and follow-up


  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Aphthous Ulcers
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Calluses and Corns
  • Candidal Stomatitis
  • Cough and Sore Throat
  • Diaper Dermatitis
  • Diarrhea (non-infectious)
  • Dry Eye, Red Eye and Minor Eye Infections
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Fungal Skin Infections
  • GERD and Dyspepsia
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Impetigo
  • Insomnia
  • Mild Headache
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Patient Assessment and Triage
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Threadworms and Pinworms
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Urticaria (insect bites and stings)
  • Vaginal Candidiasis
  • Warts

Program Outline and Learning Objectives

For each minor ailment discussed, participants will be able to demonstrate the following upon completion of the module:

  • Describe the pathophysiology.
  • Assess the patient's symptoms to determine next steps – treatment/therapy, referral, other.
  • Recognize red flags signalling referral to a physician.
  • Carry out an initial differential diagnosis.
  • Compare and contrast available treatment options (including prescription options where merited), with respect to efficacy, safety and indications for use.
  • Understand monitoring parameters for treatment.
  • Understand appropriate follow-up.
  • Educate the patient on the correct use of recommended treatment option(s).

A final examination combining all conditions will assess pharmacists’ achievement of the learning outcomes.

Accreditation and Completion Requirements

This self-directed CE program has been accredited under file #8002-2016-1681-I-P for 35.25 CEUs by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, a CCCEP-approved accredited provider. To earn the Statement of Completion and CEUs for this program, paticipants must review and complete all the online modules and their required readings, complete the declaration of completion, and complete and achieve 70% or greater on the summative post-test. You will have up to two attempts to pass the post-test. Complete details on these items are provided within the program.


This self-directed program is available for registration up until its accreditation expiry date of February 28, 2017. Annual renewal is expected; however, we recommend you complete the program before its accreditation expiry date.

Supplementary Tools and Resources

Participants receive electronic access to relevant content from the Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments (CTMA), Compendium of Therapeutic Choices (CTC) and Compendium of Products for Minor Ailments (CPMA) through RxTx.